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Back in 2012 we talked about sexy songs for Valentine's Day, featuring sounds to score (no pun intended) your booty calls - should you have been engaging in any such activity. With the internet now bursting at the seams with meta-R&B, electronic dances of the seven veils, steamy beats and sultry vocals poised to invoke the very essence of sex itself, it seems a good a time as any to bring our Booty Call back.

Plus it is nearly V-Day itself. So we've asked a choice selection of artists to share with us the songs which, to them, are the most romantic, seductionary, love-summoning, lust-longing, sexy sounds imaginable.


Aaron Hemphill (Liars)

'You Won't See Me In The Morning' by Betty Davis: In an effort to challenge myself more and give my close friends a well deserved break, I am not allowing myself to bring up Prince again, or choose any Prince related track for this question. Anyways, my friend Valentine from the incredible band Get Hustle got me into Betty Davis when we toured the States with them for our second album. For those of you who haven't heard of her, she is not to be confused with the film star BETTE Davis. This Betty was married to Miles Davis and was apparently responsible for the psychedelic influences on what people refer to as his fusion records. Coincidentally, she did have an album and track titled 'Nasty Gal', two letters difference from the Vanity 6, Prince penned track 'Nasty Girl'. To be honest I couldn't settle on one song and I've tried to be sneaky referencing these other songs and artists that could have easily been my choice for this.



Petite Meller

'Je suis venu te dire que je m'en Vais' by Serge Gainsbourg: The sexiest song of all time for me would be Serge Gainsbourg's 'Je suis venu te dire que je m'en Vais'. I've never heard a song before with someone crying in it. In some really odd way it makes me feel like it's Sunday morning and I'm on the balcony slow dancing with an imaginary friend who whispers this song in my ear.



Du Blonde

'Dinah-Moe Humm' by Frank Zappa: When I was a child, my dad had a Frank Zappa compilation he would play in the car called Have I Offended Someone?, which included 'Bobby Brown goes down', 'Catholic Girls' and 'dinah-Moe Humm'. The latter being a 6 minute dialogue between Zappa and a girl who bets him $40 dollars that he can't make her cum. With sound effects that wouldn't be out of place in an '80s porn movie, the song is more like a chapter from a dirty audiobook than your average album track.

A story of two sisters, foreplay and zircon-encrusted tweezers, and a chorus to rival any mainstream '60s girl group hit, 'Dinah-Moe Humm' is a song that every young girl should hear lest she grow up under the false pretence that sex has anything to do with emotion, sobriety or the good Lord above.



Happyness

'The Rainbow' by Talk Talk: Unbridled-and-yet-still-kind-of-bridled-spontaneous-slow-building-Pentecostal-fire-in-the-loins-devastating-unifying-wrecked-boat-after-a-storm-beatific-motherfucking passion.



Joe Hatt (Spectres)

Lady in Red' by VV/M: When I was growing up I remember watching Stars in Their eyes and seeing contestant after contestant singing Chris De Burgh's hard vein classic 'Lady In Red'. The song never really connected with me as I am not a big fan of schmaltz or mawk, until I heard V/Vm's version. I was in my level 3 life drawing class when this came on shuffle (my Mum had made me a mixtape) and for the first time in my life everything made sense. It was as though a higher force was controlling my nib as it glided across the paper and, although what was in front of me turned my stomach, my heart swelled as I the soothing drones of V/Vm kneaded any stress out of my husk.

I soon became obsessed with the song and after a while I couldn't even get out of bed without hearing it and not before long I couldn't feel anything without hearing it...including arousal; which after a lifetime of issues in this department was a life changer. There's something in the quiver of the vocal that sends shivers down, well, everything. Whenever I'm on a date or something I have my iPod with me so I can sneak a listen to the track to give me some inspiration for later. If those song ever became a hit it would be a nightmare; I'd have to walk around with earplugs in or wear a bumbag!

I'm not sure anyone else feels like this about this song, and I kind of hope they don't as it's like my little secret. I do like to think that Chris De Burgh uses it the same way as me and kicks some life back into the old horse if he's feeling a bit down.

My advice: listen to this in a dark alley late on a cold winters night and grip your fists as tight as ham, and if a lady in red walks past...just go with the flow.



Chateau Marmont

'Everybody Loves The Sunshine' by Roy Ayers: The first time we heard this track, we immediately fell in love with its vibe. Roy Ayers chose a tempo that was not too fast or nor too slow in order to tame the momentum of the arrangement. There's something languorous in the analog synth. It blows the back of your neck, makes you shiver from head to toe and never leaves you.



Yumi Zouma

'In The Kitchen' by R. Kelly : This song is pretty ridiculous. I'm not sure making love in the kitchen is really that hygienic unless you're in a hotel and the kitchen is just for show. Regardless, 'Sex In The Kitchen' is a fantastic insight into the practicalities of engaging in sexual conduct while cooking. Cutting up tomatoes, fruits and vegetables and potatoes. Kelly also allures to the stamina he gains from feasting and making love simultaneously, "Cos here were are still in this kitchen, doing it for the third time."



DENA

'Twenty Foreplay' by Janet Jackson: There are so many legendary "sexy" songs that come to mind, but this one is the ultimate definition of sensual and sexual, including the title. As a kid I was obsessed with Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, TLC, Destiny's Child. I remember calling the local radio station every week for an on-air "guess the song" game to win albums by my favorite singers, which I then went to pick up with my mom. Once I won the album Design of a Decade by Janet Jackson and my favourite song became 'Twenty Foreplay'. The thing is, I didn't know what the song title meant or what was it about, neither in English, nor in Bulgarian. I remember asking grown-ups who spoke English what the title meant and they were all like embarrassed and confused and didn't give an answer. Years later I remembered the song and the story and had to laugh. It's such a great love song, with a rather unusual structure consisting of only one really long verse and then one long chorus, which is probably very conceptual.



Saint Agnes

'Dance me to the End of Love' by Leonard Cohen: Of course different songs suit different moods... But I can't think of a more all-consuming, passionate cry than Leonard Cohen begging his beloved to "dance me to the end of love." 'The End' is particularly moving, the end of an affair? Or the very end of life? What could be more sexy than being asked that?! Call me old fashioned but the dramatic idea of a passion so great that it last a lifetime, and even beyond, is something I find deeply sexy. It's sad that it seems such an outlandish idea in the modern world. There's also the gypsyish violin that weaves throughout the vocal and grows in intensity that is just irresistible. And of course Leonard Cohen's voice is sex. It's so dirty and gravelly and provocative that it gives me goosebumps.



M+A

'9pm (Till I Come)' by ATB: I don't know if it's the sexiest song of all time, but it is definitely the perfect emotional mapping to understand what happens when you fall in love: some initial chaos, then enters a theme, a melody - you always fall in love with a melody in your head - and the whole atmosphere is transformed, it is an epiphany in slow motion, erotic and melancholic. It is a vision and within it there is sadness, happiness, charm, ecstasy, all all the same time.

Everything changes, and as you who are no longer an element that has to do something, in the same way, in this case, the song is no longer a simple given disco song. And the strength of certain dance tracks, especially late '90s ones, is to be meant for fun, for the carefreeness - a bit stupid and a little anonymous - and to have, instead, in the background, deeply sad, almost spiritual and, above all, natural shades.

Every time I listen to '9pm (Till I Come)', I believe the central theme of the song is something that could be the humming of a robin or a goldfinch. I think certain dance songs seem giddy only because they describe and perform certain things, that are tremendously complicated, in the most elegant and natural way. And so it is to fall in love: ancestral, a bit stupid, a little anonymous, sad, happy, musical, exciting, a set of sensations, where the mood is schizoid, like some moving melodies, and also the ATB's album title in which the track is contained is perfect: Movin' Melodies, precisely. In '9pm (Till I Come)' appears one of these moving melodies. This melody will accompany you forever, and the initial chaos, that is you, finds some rhythm and calm.



DEMS

'Anywhere Anyone (Pearson Sound Beatless Reduction)' by Dntel: One of the records that brings me most pleasure is Dntel - 'Anyone Anywhere (Pearson Sound Beatless Reduction)'. Rather than a song that'll make it onto anyone's carefully curated 'sex playlist', which is a totally separate kettle of fish, it's more a stripped back, earnest annunciation of true love.

I can't think of many tracks that are more honest and hopeful than this - strangely appropriate for both the perennially attached and the lonely. And all the more impressive and confusing when you consider that it's basically a mishmash of electronics and manipulated human voice.



Shelter Point

'Dead Body' by Chet Faker: For me, the not-so-appropriately titled 'Dead Body' - Chet Faker. The name may be a little off putting but if you can resist the urge to whisper it into your lovers ear during that tender moment then you're pretty much smooth sailing. I think it's the lead guitar and subtle lazers that put this song up there. Who doesn't want a sexy guitar solo on a bed of lazers whilst you go at it? Either that or Deftones' Diamond Eyes album... Surely everyone's been there right?



The Leisure Society

'Take Care' by Beach House: Gentle, careful, romantic and meaningful with no-nonsense production values.



Just Kiddin

'Hold Me Tight' by Homework: This song has the ability to change a guy from virgin, to Christian Grey in minutes. An aggressive yet seductive aura floats throughout the track. The wah wah effect bubbles along, while segments of vocal tease and intensify. The track rolls through crescendos of satisfaction, bursts of white noise at the pinnacles, while the pulsating bass picks up and carries on. The words "Hold me tight, Hold me too tight" are repeated. Interpret them as you wish.



GotSome

'Between the Sheets' by the Isley Brothers: For the ultimate booty call song, we decided to go with 'Between the Sheets' by the Isley Brothers. A few babies were definitely made to that track. Silky smooth vocals combined with bumping beats and low slung funk bass are a deadly seductive combination. To make things more interesting though, we'd suggest making a 3-track mixtape that starts with the original, then blends into Notorious B.I.G. 'Big Poppa', which samples the same track. The extra weight in Biggie's beat will crank things up a notch, before upping the tempo and going full-on drum 'n' bass with Shy FX & T-Power's version, 'Sheets'. A seamless mix that will get anyone in the mood.



Jamie (Get Inuit)

'Babooshka' by Kate Bush: My sexiest song of all time has got to be 'Babooshka' by Kate Bush. To present my case in Layman's terms, I cannot hear that song without instantly recapping the associated music video. Both, own a variety of my organs.



Sundayman

'Love Theme' from Blade Runner (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou): One of the most fascinating characteristics of the 'Love Theme' from the celebrated Blade Runner soundtrack, directed by Ridley Scott, is the use of saxophone from the one and only Dick Morissey. It was a pleasant to always feel this way with each listen of the song, given that our era doesn't place great importance on instruments like the saxophone anymore, and the intricate art of Vangelis' electronic compositions have diminished greatly in recent times. The saxophone is the only instrument to truly convey the ambience of love in a harmonic manner. A unique sort of chemistry, as undefinable and mystical as love itself.



Sonnymoon

'To The Last' by 'James Blake: This is the emotional foreplay song. The subtle but strong click beat is the perfect soundtrack to some cunnilingus. Blake's lyrics, "we're going to the last," could be a metaphor for your relationship or for the evening itself.